Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

  • Victoria is the capital of British Columbia, and home of its 124-year-old Parliament Building.
  • Victoria boasts more than a dozen gardens and parks perfect for walking, biking, and picnicking.
  • The Coast Salish peoples have inhabited Victoria and the west coast of Canada since 9,000 B.C. Their presence is still felt today in the numerous totem poles located throughout the city.
  • Since 1983, Victoria has hosted the acclaimed TD Victoria International Jazz Festival.
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The Garden City

Combining its historic British influence with Vancouver Island’s First Nation roots, Victoria is a thoroughly modern city entirely its own. Visitors will delight in exploring the flourishing food scene concentrated in the pedestrian-friendly downtown. Brunch is especially big in Victoria, and worth standing in line for as the locals do most weekends. Happy hour is practically its own event, with a world-renowned craft cocktail scene. But Victorians know how to work up an appetite as well, taking advantage of their proximity to dozens of hiking and mountain biking trails, or kayaking in the Strait of San Juan de Fuca.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airports
    Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  • Average Temperature
    Winter: 47°F/ Summer: 66°F
  • Rental Car
    Not Recommended
  • Travel + Leisure
    9th Best City in the US and Canada, 2015
  • Rainiest Month
    November, February

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity


  • Exploring British Columbia's Capital

    Take in Victoria’s Best Sights on Foot: Stroll through downtown Victoria, window-shopping along Fort Street, before stopping at the impressive 130-year old Craigdarroch Castle. Local coal baron, Robert Dunsmuir, built this turreted mansion to display his wealth (and impress his wife), but he sadly died before it could be completed. Peek inside at the stained glass windows, sumptuous Persian carpets, and detailed woodwork. Next, head to Christ Church Cathedral, notable for its Gothic stone façade and outdoor labyrinth. Check the calendar for the church’s concert schedule, featuring choral and organ performances. Finish at Beacon Hill Garden, a peaceful Eden in the midst of the city, and the largest of Victoria’s many gardens. In addition to the impeccable landscaping, visitors can enjoy the children’s farm and petting zoo, lawn bowling, and the world’s largest totem pole, a nod to Victoria’s first residents, the Songhee tribe. Finish your tour with a cocktail at Clive’s Classic Lounge, consistently nominated as one of the world’s best hotel bars.

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Travel Tips

Weather


  • Forecasting Your Victoria Vacation

    Victoria’s climate is one of the mildest in Canada, fostering the lush plants and flowers that bloom almost all year long. Winters are cool and rainy, in the 40s and 50s, with the very rare appearance of snow. Long summer days are in the 60s and 70s, with little to no rain and lots of sunshine, ideal for getting outside to explore all this city has to offer.

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Map of Victoria, British Columbia

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